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World War 3 Report # 62 (english)
04 Dec 2002
World War 3 Report # 62 more links at


1. IDF Kills Ramadan Drummer; Assassinations Continue
2. Gaza Strip: Israel Demolishes House on 68-Year Old Man
3. Al-Qaeda Claims Attacks in Kenya on Israeli Targets
4. Al-Qaeda in Palestine?
5. Attack on Polling Station Kills Six, PA Disavows Al-Aksa
6. Abu Mazen Criticizes Intifada
7. Palestinians Turning Against Attacks on Israel?
8. Sharon Refuses to Say No to Transfer
9. B'tselem: Israel Failed to Protect Olive Harvesters
10. Stolen Olive Trees Show Up on Israel Black Market
11. Widespread Desertion Among Israeli Reservists
12. Powell: New US Aid Not for Settlement Use
13. Hijack Suspect Confessed Under Threat of Castration?
14. IDF Doctors Issued Childbirth Kits
15. Israel Lands Authority Squeezes Out Bedouin
16. Ramsey Loses One
17. International Volunteers Needed in Dec. 15-Jan. 15 Action

1. Saddam Cooperates, Pentagon Worried
2. Saddam Hiding the Evidence?
3. US Plots Military Rule for Iraq
4. Iraqi Shias Ready to Take Up Arms
5. US Escalates Qatar Militarization
6. Amnesty International Protests "Manipulation"
7. California High School Walkouts Protest War Drive
8. CND Takes British Government to Court Over War Drive
9. Thousands March Against War in Istanbul
10. Feds to Snoop on Iraqi-Americans
11. US Reservists Leaving in Droves

1. 60 Dead in Fighting Near Herat; US Bombs Front Lines
2. US Troops Hunt Weapons
3. Student Protests Rock Kabul
4. UN Probes Terror in Dostum's Domain
5. Book: US Paid Off Afghan Warlords

1. Chevron Dispute Halts Kazakh Oil Sector Expansion
2. MP: US, UK Seek to Re-Draw Borders of Middle East

1. Colombian Town Revolts Against Para Terror
2. Ashcroft Indicts More FARC Commanders
3. US to Hunt Down Paras?
4. Colombia's Central Pipeline Dynamited
5. Eco-Activists Shut Down Ecuador Pipeline
6. Halliburton Moves in on Peruvian Rainforest
7. Enron Moves in on Bolivian Rainforest
8. Bechtel Strikes Back at Bolivia

1. Fox: Peace in Chiapas; Human Rights Groups: Not
2. Marcos Breaks Silence...Sort Of
3. More Religious Violence in Chiapas

1. Race to Contain Oil Slick off Spanish Coast
2. Bush Rolls Back Air Pollution Regs
3. Bush Rolls Back Forest Protection Regs
4. NASA: Arctic Ice Cap Disappearing Fast
5. New Dogma on Climate Change: It's Inevitable
6. White House-Linked Firms Bilked California Energy Crisis

1. Protesters Demand: Free Farouk!
2. INS Expands "Registration"
3. Veterans Get Shafted
4. More Airport Harassment for Peace Activists
5. Supreme Court Poised to Overturn Miranda Rights

1. Noted War Criminal to Lead 9-11 Investigation
2. 9-11 Probe: FBI Ignored Saudi Link to Hijackers
3. Swiss: Bin Laden Tape a Fake
4. Pentagon "Ministry of Truth" Still Alive?
5. White House to Gut Government Printing Office?
6. Microchip Implantation Moves Ahead

1. Anti-WTO Radio Pirates Free Aussie Airwaves


A Palestinian musahhir--the person who beats a drum at dawn to notify
Muslims of the start of Ramadan fast--was shot dead by Israeli Defense
Forces (IDF) troops Nov. 27 as he went from door to door waking people for
prayers in the Askar refugee camp in Nablus. (AFP, Nov. 27; BBC Monitoring:
Voice of Palestine Radio, Nov. 28)

A three-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli army fire in Hebron
on Nov. 28, Palestinian medical sources said. (AFP, Nov.28) The IDF claims
the boy was struck by shrapnel from an explosive device thrown at Israeli
troops. (BBC Monitoring: Voice of Israel, Nov. 28)

Two Palestinian militants were killed in Jenin refugee camp Nov. 26.
Hospital officials identified the dead men as Alaa Sabbagh, 21, of the
al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Hamas militant Imad Masharqi, 26. Witnesses
said they saw an F-16 fire a missile at the house they were in. But a
military source told Reuters: "It wasn't the Israel Defence Forces,"
leaving open the possibility a non-military security service such as Shin
Bet could have carried it out. (Reuters, Nov. 27)

In a message to Israeli fathers, Alaa's father, Ahmed Sabbagh, appealed to
them to get rid of Sharon's government. "You need to open a new page with
the Palestinian people on the basis of justice and mutual respect." He
added: "I've already lost my younger son, Ala. Now I have only one son,
Muhammad, who is serving a three-life term sentence and an additional 30
years in an Israeli prison. As a heartbroken father, I send my message to
all Israelis, children, elderly, and youth, and tell them, let's get rid of
this corrupt junta, which has destroyed our lives. Let's work towards
restoring the smile to our children." (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 2) A Fatah
official said the assassination ruled out any possibility of stopping
suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. (AFP, Nov. 27)

A 13-year-old Palestinian youth was shot in the leg by Israeli gunfire as
troops opened fire on a group of stone-throwers in Jenin on Nov. 27. (AFP,
Nov. 27) A 33-year-old man, Atiyah Ulayyan Rabayi'ah from Al-Ubaydiyah, was
killed by Israeli gunfire while driving in his vehicle in Bethlehem. (BBC
Monitoring: Voice of Palestine Radio, Nov. 28)

A 16-year-old was shot in the back and killed in Jenin Dec. 2. The IDF
claimed the youth, Metez Odeh, was killed while climbing on an Israeli
armored personnel carrier. The army said Metez Odeh was shot because
soldiers feared he was carrying explosives. The boy's father and
Palestinian witnesses said Israeli troops trying to impose curfew opened
fire on a crowded marketplace, injuring 23. Odeh, whose father and
relatives describe as having been too overweight to climb up onto an
armored personnel carrier, was shot while running away from the gunfire
with his father and the rest of the crowd. "We carried the sacks of nuts
and started running away," said Muhammad Kamal Odeh. "He [Metez] ran for
100 yards, then fell to the ground. People started yelling, 'Your son was
injured, your son was injured!' I threw down the sack I was carrying and
ran back," Odeh said. "'My son! My son!' He didn't reply." Responded an
Israeli military spokesman: "I don't think the father would say he was
trying to climb an armored vehicle when he was shot. Of course, not to the
media." Many of the wounded were school children. (Ha'aretz, Dec. 2;
Jerusalem Post, Dec. 2; Washington Post, Dec. 2)

On Dec. 2, in Tul Karm, one Palestinian was killed and fourteen injured
when Israeli troops fired on youths violating curfew and throwing Molotov
cocktails at soldiers, the Israeli military said. A Palestinian hospital
spokesman said four of the youths had bruises and fractures caused by
beatings from soldiers. (Washington Post, Dec. 2) (David Bloom)

Another bloody week in the Gaza Strip left at least three dead--including a
68-year-old Palestinian man whose house demolished on top of him. A school
was also badly damaged Nov. 27 when two Israeli Apache helicopter gunships
carried out a raid on western Khan Younis, firing five missiles. Four
missiles hit the al-Khalidiye schoolhouse. (AFP, Nov. 27)

An attempted suicide bombing on the Israeli District Coordinating Office
(DCO) at the Erez checkpoint liaising with the Palestinians failed when the
bomber's taxi exploded on the Palestinian side, setting the empty
Palestinian DCO on fire. Israeli forces opened fire on the car when it
refused to slow down. Palestinian forces also tried to stop the car. It's
not known if the Israeli fire or the bomber set off the explosion. (AFP,
Nov. 27) The Palestinian Authority released a statement critical of the
attack, calling it "politically childish." It added: "What point is there
to a daylight operation that doesn't have a chance of reaching the Israeli
side, and only damages the Palestinian offices?" (Ha'aretz, Nov. 29) The
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed
responsibility. The bomber was identified as Muhannad Mahdi, a member the
Abu Ali Mustafa Martyr Brigades' local Gaza sub-branch, the Gaza Guevara
Battalions. (AFP, Nov. 27)

Two Palestinians were wounded Nov. 29 when Israeli troops shelled houses in
Khan Younis' Al-Arabi Camp. (AFP, Nov. 29) Two Palestinian gunmen opened
fire on a Jewish settlement Nov. 29, wounding two Thai workers, and an
Israeli. The attack took place at the Dolah settlement in the southern Gaza
Strip (AP, Nov. 29). Hamas claimed responsibility. (Canadian Press, Nov. 29)

Israeli forces backed by about 30 tanks rolled into Beit Lahiya, 3 miles
north of Gaza city on Nov. 29. One Palestinian was kiled by israeli fire.
During the three hour incursion, there were fierce exchanges of fire,
Palestinian witnesses reported. A 68-year old deaf father of an Islamic
Jihad militant was killed when his house was bulldozed by the IDF. (AP,
Dec. 1) The Palestinian news agency, Wafa wrote: "The occupation forces
stormed several houses during the incursion and arrested several citizens,
taking them to an unknown destination. The occupation forces also seized an
intelligence centre in al-Atatirah area. They advanced towards Bayt Lahiyah
and surrounded the police centre, the municipal house and a Fatah office
there. Several of the occupation forces' snipers took up positions on
towering buildings and started to aim their machine-guns at anything that
moves in the streets or balconies. Medical officials confirmed that the
occupation forces are obstructing the work of medical teams and have
prevented ambulances from entering the area, threatening to fire at them if
they move in." (BBC Monitoring: Palestinian news agency Wafa, Nov, 30)

On Nov. 30, A 16-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed and one
injured when Israeli soldiers opened fire on a group of Palestinians
approaching a "security zone" near the Karni crossing, east of Gaza City.
(NY Times, Dec. 1) In a a failed assassination attempt on Dec.1, two
Israeli Apache helicopters fired missiles at a car driving east of the
Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The car's occupants
apparently saw the helicopters and got out of the car before it was hit.
(Ha'aretz, Dec. 2) On Dec. 2, an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded and an
armed Palestinian wearing an IDF uniform was killed as he tried to
infiltrate the settlement of Netzarim. (Ha'aretz, Dec. 2) (David Bloom)

Fifteen were killed in twin attacks on Israeli targets in Mombassa, Kenya,
on Nov. 29. The dead included ten Kenyans, three Israelis vacationing at an
Israeli-owned resort, and the three attackers. In addition, about 80 were
wounded. Simultaneously, two shoulder-fired missiles missed thier target,
an Israeli passenger jet taking off from Mombasa airport. A previously
unknown group, the Army of Palestine, took responsibility. (Ha'aretz, Nov.
29) A claim by al-Qaeda on a website affiliated to the group is being
regarded as credible by US officials. "Al Qaeda announces officially it's
behind the two attacks in Mombasa," the message said. "This statement comes
as a challenge to the American enemy and to let it know it's capable of
reaching anyplace in the world."

Israeli sources told CNN they believe the attacks were launched from
Kenya's neighbor, Somalia, by the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Ittihad al-Islami
(AIAI) led by Fazul Abdullah Mohammed. (CNN, Dec. 3) (See WW3 REPORT #52:

Six Pakistanis and four Somalis are among the suspects held in connection
with the attacks. (AP, Nov. 29) Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah of the
Transitional National Goverment (TNG) of Somalia announced: "The government
feels it is time to work together as a region and international community
to dismantle terror groups wherever they are," (Reuters, Dec. 1)

The Boeing 757-300 Arkia passenger jet narrowly evaded two heat-seeking
missiles as it took off from Mombasa's airport shortly after the hotel
attack. It is speculated the plane was equipped with decoy flares,
countermeasures similar to those used on military aircraft. "Israel has
been working on programs to protect civil aviation from terrorist missile
attacks since the 1970s," said Yigal Eyal, a Hebrew University lecturer on
insurgency and former Israeli intelligence agent.(Reuters, Nov. 29)

Kenya's main Muslim group, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM),
condemned the attacks: "The perpetrators of the attacks have no regard for
human life and were enemies of Muslims of Kenya." SUPKEM chairman
Abdulghafur el-Busaidy added, "we would like to assure our enemies that the
Muslims of Kenya will continue to co-exist with Kenyans of other faiths as
they have always done." (Palestine Chronicle, Nov. 29)

Relatives of Kenyan victims of the attack are furious at the Israeli
government, press and public for apparently ignoring them, while focusing
solely on the Israeli victims. The wife of one wounded Kenyan asked, "So
why do the Israelis keep talking about their three dead, without bothering
to mention that 10 of our people were killed and dozens injured?"

"They are only talking about the dead Israelis," concurred Asha Abudu, a
36-year-old mother of eight whose husband was killed in the attack. "What
about my husband, my family?" Relatives also were angered that Israel did
not offer to treat most of the Kenyan victims in Israel, where the care is
much better. Only two Kenyans were taken to Israel for care. They also
charge that Israel's team of 150 doctors and nurses sent to Kenya treated
only victims at the hospital where the Israeli victims were located,
ignoring the others. Israeli sources counter their doctors did examine many
Kenyans and offer to take them to Israel for treatment, but only one took
them up on the offer. (Ha'aretz, Dec. 1) Relatives were further angered by
the $234 fee required to get thier relatives' bodies from a Kenyan hospital
mortuary. The families, who were unable to pay, were helped out by British
vacationers who chipped in. (BBC, Dec. 1)

Israeli political commentator Yoel Marcus said in Ha'aretz that the attack
signifies "a new reality. Nobody is safe at home or outside it, few fly now
for business or tourism. The world is in danger. Columnist Thomas Friedman
once called this terror 'a war of cultures.' But there are other
descriptions: 'the clash of civilizations,' 'North versus South,' 'Islam
against the infidels,' 'poor against the rich,' and so forth. But the way
things are going, it would be more accurate to call this crazed bloodshed
the Third World War." (Ha'aretz, Dec. 3) (David Bloom)

IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon said Dec. 2 that Israel security forces
had foiled attempted al-Qaeda attacks in Israel, and that the militant
organization has Palestinian operatives in the occupied territories.
(Ha'aretz, Dec. 2) (David Bloom)

on Nov. 28 Six Israelis were killed and more than 20 wounded after three
Palestinian gunmen opened fire and threw grenades at commuters outside a
bus station near the Likud Party's offices at Beit Shean in northern
Israel. Three of the wounded were sons of Likud MK David Levy. (UK
Guardian, Nov. 29) The al-Aksa Martyr's Brigades took responsibility (BBC
Monitoring: Hezbollah TV al-Manar, Lebanon) The Palestinian Authority took
the opportunity to disassociate itself completely from the Brigades for the
first time. In a statement, the PA said there was no relationship "between
the Fatah movement and its institutions" and the attack. "The Palestinian
leadership condemns the attack on Beit She'an and the attacks against
Israeli civilians in general," the statement continued. "These attacks do
not serve the just cause of the Palestinian people but cause us great
damage on every level and strengthen the warmongers and settlements of

.A second PA statement condemned Islamic Jihad's attack suicide attack on
an Israeli Navy patrol boat on Nov. 23. The PA called the attack "a
childish action that gave Israel an excuse to close the sea to thousands of
fishermen." The PA seemed to take responsibility for the current state of
affairs. "We are now sowing unexpected fruits because we allowed things to
get out of control," said the statement. "Every organization and group are
replacing the fruits we hoped for with actions that harm the future of the
coming generations. We will not allow anyone to impose his view on the
silent majority of the Palestinian people through arbitrary actions that do
not achieve a thing and cause great harm to our people." (Ha'aretz, Nov.
29) (David Bloom)

Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen and the number two man in the PLO,
criticized the military nature of the Intifada in a speech in Gaza Nov. 28,
according to the London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat. "The militarization
of the Intifada distracted it from its right path," said Abbas,. "Instead
of getting rid of [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, he has become one of the
most popular leaders in Israel." Al-Hayat reported that Abbas was
addressing leaders of the Popular Committees of the refugee camps in the
Gaza Strip, some of whom greeted his words with anger.

Abbas said the Intifada had to turn back from its military path to a
non-violent uprising. "What happened in the last two years is a destruction
of all that we had built and now we have slipped below the poverty line and
our people are at a loss," he added. "They are starving and suffering. The
reason for this is that many people were tempted to respond to the Israeli
provocations and the result was that the Intifada deviated from its natural
path... Two years after the intifada started, we should ask a legitimate
question: What have we achieved? What are the negative and positive

Abbas took to task the Fatah and Hamas gunmen who turned the Intifada into
a military campaign instead of a civil uprising. "They began using weapons
and everything else they could build, like mortars and bombs...and they
began firing from the houses and the neighborhoods," he said. "We reached
the point where we became involved in a military battle and not a popular
Intifada... We are not saying stop the Intifada, but we are saying correct
it. Get rid of the negative phenomena, especially the phenomena of
militarization. We could hold peaceful demonstrations and marches... I have
said this several times in Ramallah in front of Fatah leaders and they were
angry with me. They said, you are crossing red lines."

Abbas concluded: "Every Jew in Israel is now with Sharon because they
believe he is defending them. I want to take this excuse from him by saying
that we want our rights and we don't want war. Then the number of Israelis
who stand with us will grow." (Jerusalem Post, Nov. 28) (David Bloom)

A poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed that
56% of Palestinians want the Palestinian Authority to crack down on
militant attacks on Israel. That number is down from 86% last May. (AP,
Nov. 29) (David Bloom)

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has refused a request by the Jordanian
government that he publicly come out against the "transfer" of Palestinians
from the West Bank into Jordan. When asked about it, Sharon "took exception
to the Jordanians raising such a suspicion about him." President Bush and
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice raised the issue in thier
meeting with Sharon in Washington last month. They then assured the
Jordanians that no such plan is in place. Still, the Jordanians hope Israel
will issue a formal declaration against transfer. Top Israeli officials
have speculated Jordan has refrained from public remarks about transfer due
to the assurances from Washington. (Ha'aretz, Nov. 28) (David Bloom)

The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem relased a report charging Israel
with failing to provide adequate protection to Palestinian olive harversts
during the recent harvest season. In a report entitled "The Performance of
Law Enforcement Authorities in Responding to Settler Attacks on Olive
Harvesters," B'Tselem charges: "The security forces did not prepare in
advance for potentially violent events, despite the fact that such
incidents could have been anticipated, nor did they intervene in most cases
when such incidents occurred." The failure to provide adequate protection
"is particularly unreasonable when contrasted with the enormous efforts
made by the IDF to protect the settlers," B'Tselem contends. The human
rights group said Israeli security forces only took significant action
after four weeks of "violent and systematic attacks by groups of armed
settlers." The report also noted there have been no arrests in the murder
of Beni Maniyeh, 22, from Akrabeh, shot dead by settlers from Itamar on
Oct. 6 (Ha'aretz, Dec. 2) The report is online at (David

An illegal trade in olive trees uprooted to make way for Israel's West Bank
security fence is flourishing in Israel. Thousands of olive trees have been
cleared already to make way for the 150-foot wide barrier and "security
zone." The trees, some of them 600 years old, can be replanted and still
bear fruit. They have been showing up in Israeli nurserys to be sold as
ornamental trees to Israeli customers. Some of the contracts for building
the fence require contracters to relocate the trees, but the human rights
organization B'Tselem says "we have never seen any relocation. The
contractors cannot just sell the trees. That is theft." The practice was
uncovered by two reporters from the Israeli newpaper Yedioth Ahronoth, who
were offered 100 trees for $235 each by the owner of a contracting company.
(UK Telegraph, Nov. 28) (David Bloom)

See also WW3 REPORT #61:

Reservists by the score are refusing to show up for service, the IDF
disclosed in November. Military police are persuing 40% more deserters this
year over the same time last year. Last week, there were 2,616 deserters,
compared with 1,564 over the corresponding week in 2001, an increase of
67.2%. There are a total 445,000 reservists in the total pool. The high
desertion rate is attributed to the country's economic problems, as
reservists fear losing thier jobs while serving long periods, the average
service being 33 days. Many are thought to not be showing up for service
for moral reasons, without formally declaring themselves "refuseniks." The
current number of official refuseniks stands at 506. The army's Manpower
division found that 45% of young men are currently not performing thier
service. (Lebanon Daily Star, Nov. 30) (David Bloom)

According to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, none of the $14 billion in
US military aid and loan guarantees will end up being used for further
Israeli colonization activities in the West Bank and Gaza. "We believe that
settlement activity is something that should be stopped and it is part of
the comprehensive solution to the problems in the Middle East and that has
been our position for some time," he said. "So this money is not to
underwrite settlement activity." (AFP, Nov. 28) (David Bloom)

Tawfik Fukra, a Palestinian Israeli arrested for attempting to hijack an El
Al aircraft Nov. 17, said his confession came under duress from Turkish
interrogators. "They told me that they castrate anyone who doesn't
co-operate with them. So I told them anything they wanted to hear," Fukra
said. Fukra, who denies he tried to hijack the aircraft, is being held in a
Turkish prison. (UK Independent, Nov. 27) (David Bloom)

The Israeli army magazine Bamachane recently reported that IDF doctors are
being issued "childbirth kits." The ongoing closures and curfews imposed on
the occupied Palestinian territories are forcing many women to give birth
at home unassissted, or are denied access through checkpoints on the way to
Palestinian hospitals--resulting in 39 Palestinian women giving birth at
checkpoints in the last two years. The kits include sterile blankets,
umbilical cord clips, surgical gloves, diapers and other equipment.
Approximately 70% of Palestinians are cut off from hospital care for weeks
or months on end as a result of the occupation. (Palestine Chronicle, Dec.
1) (David Bloom)

Israel's ministerial committee for the development of the Negev and the
Galilee issued a series of measures to prevent what Negev community
representatives call "the taking over of state land by the Bedouins" and an
increase in "illegal" building in the area. In order to "protect State
land," the committee decided to instruct the Israel Lands Authority to
lease currently unused land to the Jewish National Fund for "afforestation"
(tree farming), thereby preventing "illegal" grazing and building.
(Haaretz, Nov. 7)


See also WW3 REPORT #42:

Declaring for the first time in a US court that the Palestinian Authority
does not meet criteria for statehood and sovereign immunity, a Rhode Island
federal judge refused to dismiss a $250 million lawsuit filed by the family
of a US citizen killed in a 1996 drive-by shooting carried out by Hamas.
Judge Ronald Lagueux ruled that the PA is not a foreign state under the
Antiterrorism Act of 1991, and that the family of Yaron Ungar can proceed
with a suit for damages. Ungar and his wife Efrat, an Israeli citizen, were
both killed in the 1996 attack. Their two young sons and seven other
relatives are named as plaintiffs in the suit. The suit, naming the PA and
Hamas as co-defendants, claims that the Palestinian Authority "praised,
advocated, encouraged, solicited, and incited" terrorist attacks. Lagueux
rejected the PA's motion to dismiss, writing that "the PA is not a member
of the United Nations and has never been fully recognized as a sovereign
state," and is therefore "not immune from suit" under the Antiterrorism
Act. Under US law, nations are granted immunity from lawsuits provided they
are not on the State Department's list of states that sponsor terrorism.
The PA's attorney, former US attorney general Ramsey Clark, did not
respond to an interview request. (Jerusalem Post, Nov. 6)


The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is urgently seeking
international volunteers to come to the Occupied Palestinian Territories to
stand with Palestinians against attacks:

"As the fourth largest army in the world continues to use its military
might on a population, largely unarmed and struggling for its freedom and
independence; as the international community and formal governments
continually fail to live up to their obligations to protect, and treat as
protected persons, the Palestinian people; as Israeli colonial policies
continue to strip Palestinians of their human rights and deny them human
dignity; as grave violations of human rights and international law are
being committed by the Israeli Occupation Forces every day; as hundreds of
tanks, and armored personnel carriers roam the destroyed streets of
Palestine continually shooting at civilians and civilian infrastructure; as
missiles continue to fall on the Gaza Strip; as Palestinian children are
systematically denied their education and the Palestinian people are denied
the right to live and make a living; as dozens of civilian homes continue
to be destroyed by the Israeli government and military; as the
International Solidarity Movement has been witness to war crimes and is
expecting an escalation in the months to come, WE NEED YOU to come stand
with us against this injustice.

"With the United States preparing for a war against Iraq , the Palestinian
people fear the worst in Palestine . If the attention of the international
community is diverted to Iraq , the Israeli government can be expected to
step up its war on the Palestinian people, viciously striking them while
the world is not watching. Israeli academics even warned of the possible
'mass transfer' of Palestinians, should the US strike Iraq and Ariel Sharon
is given free reign. The International Solidarity Movement wants to make
sure the world is watching. Come join us in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories and join the Palestinian people's struggle for freedom, truth
and justice.

"In addition to maintaining presences in various areas repeatedly attacked
by Israeli settlers and the military, in particular, Gaza, the ISM will
focus on supporting farmers resisting the building of the "Separation Wall"
which is destroying and isolating their farmland and will effectively put
in a cage thousands of Palestinians.

"Our call out to the world is ongoing, but since we know December is a time
of vacation, we hope you will arrange to be with us here in Palestine .
Join us December 15, 2002 - January 15, 2003. For more information or to
register, please click the registration link on the left hand side .
Contact us by phone at +972-2-277-4602."



With UN inspectors now on the ground in Iraq, Pentagon planners are facing
the prospect that weapons inspections will drag on for months, pushing the
Pentagon's timetable for action from the ideal weather of February to the
searing heat of midsummer, administration officials told the Washington
Times. The paper claims that Central Command chief Gen. Tommy Franks, in
contrast to Desert Storm's Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, is thinking more in
terms of a land invasion than relying on overwhelming air power. "When
Franks briefs, he doesn't talk about the predominance of air power," said
one Pentagon official. "It is not an air-centric brief. He wants to put the
Army in the center. He doesn't keystone air-power benefits." (Washington
Times, Nov. 29)


UN weapons inspectors are at work in Iraq following Saddam Hussein's
agreement to abide by the new Security Council resolution. But advisors
have apparently warned British Prime Minister Tony Blair that Iraqi
officials have begun systematically hiding documents and other material
relating to weapons of mass destruction.. The analysts reportedly believe
Saddam's strategy is to distract the inspection team with numerous offers
to open selected facilities that are suspected of "dual use" purposes,
which the Iraqis can then demonstrate are being used innocently for
civilian purposes, such as petrochemical production. (UK Indpedendent, Nov.


US News and World Report wrote Nov. 25 that "a high-level, interagency task
force called the Executive Steering Group" has been secretly established by
the White House to plan for a post-Saddam government in Iraq. The current
plan "calls for a three-phase scenario beginning with a period of military
rule, most likely by an American general, and ending with a new,
representative Iraqi government within a relatively short but undefined
number of years." The magazine also reports some disagreement on how
revenue from the sale of Iraqi oil should be used. Some argue that it
should be used to reimburse the US for the costs of the invasion, while
others want to use it to fund humanitarian work in order to show the Iraqi
people, "immediately and decisively that [the US is] not after their


Shia militiamen opposed to Saddam Hussein have gone into action in southern
Iraq, disrupting communications and military supply routes, leaders
announced. Ayatollah Hakim al-Baqir of the Supreme Council for Islamic
Revolution in Iraq, said on a fund-raising mission in Kuwait: "It is high
time military preparations on the ground began. War is inevitable. Now it
is up to America to stop delaying." The Ayatollah, who heads the Iran-based
Shia opposition group, says he has an estimated 10,000 troops ready to
assist a US military campaign. (UK Telegraph, Dec. 2)


The US military is installing a new command center at a heavily guarded
base in the small Persian Gulf state of Qatar to serve as the main
headquarters for a war on Iraq. The official purpose of the base, As
Sayliyah, is to prepare for a major US military exercise in December called
Internal Look, which officials admit is a dry-run for command-and-control
procedures to be used in the Iraq attack. US Central Command chief Gen.
Tommy Franks is expected to arrive next week to oversee the exercise. The
new base augments the US military presence at Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base.
(NYT, Dec. 1)


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Amnesty International said a newly-released dossier by British Foreign
Secretary Jack Straw, containing graphic accounts of torture, rapes and
other abuses perpetrated by the Saddam Hussein regime, is a "cold and
calculated manipulation" of the work of human rights activists. "Let us not
forget that these same governments turned a blind eye to Amnesty
International's reports of widespread human rights violations in Iraq
before the Gulf war," said Amnesty secretary general Irene Khan. "They
remained silent when thousands of unarmed Kurdish civilians were killed in
Halabja in 1988." (UK Guardian, Dec. 2)


About 50 high school students in Petaluma, CA, walked out of class Nov. 27
to protest US policy on Iraq, and received one-day suspensions. Some
students and parents protested the suspensions as unfair, noting that
students at other Sonoma County high schools who also staged walkouts were
not suspended. "I don't think we should have been suspended," said Rosie
Heartte, 17, one of the protesters. "One of our main purposes was to
educate students about the issue and we did that. If we go to war, it's
absolute that innocent civilians are going to die and that young Americans
will be sent over to fight. We need to explore other options, continue to
make use of the UN." (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Nov. 28)

Lawyers for Britain's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) went to court
in London in a bid to stop their government from going to war against Iraq.
The case focuses on whether the government will be acting illegally if
force used against Iraq without the UN Security Council passing a fresh
resolution. Named defendants include Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign
Secretary Jack Straw and Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon. CND chair Carol
Naughton said: "If war on Iraq is unleashed, 500,000 could die. We face the
real possibility of a first use of a nuclear weapon, which could be
British, American or Israeli. We are acting on behalf of all the citizens
of the world who want to stop war on Iraq." (CND press release, Nov. 27)

Thousands marched in Istanbul Dec. 1 to protest Turkish participation in
the looming war on Iraq--just two days ahead of a visit by US officials.
Waving signs reading "Peace Now" and "Long live the brotherhood of men,"
protesters led by opposition political parties, unions and non-governmental
organizations filled a square on the European side of the city. Protesters
demanded that Turkey not open its air bases to US planes in the event of
military action against Iraq. But a leader of the ruling Justice and
Development Party (AKP) told the IslamOnline agency that the former
government, led by Bulent Ecivet, had authorized Chief of Staff, Helmi
Uzkock to deal with the Iraqi file. "Turkey's role in the possible war
(against Iraq) has already been settled during a visit to Washington on
November 2, by Uzkock. This means our government will not be able to hve a
say about it now," the AKP leader said, asking not to be named. (Palestine
Chronicle, Dec. 1)


On Nov. 17, the New York Times published an article outlining the Bush
administration's plans to monitor thousands of Iraqis and Iraqi-Americans,
who senior government officials say could pose a terrorist threat in the
event of war with Iraq. The intelligence project, kept secret until now,
targets Iraqi citizens and Iraqi-Americans with dual citizenship. Special
national security warrants have been issued to track individuals
electronically, while others will be recruited as informants.

The UK Guardian wrote Nov. 19 that word of the program was leaked "as a
riposte to allegations made in Congress that US intelligence agencies were
proving incompetent in dealing with potential threats." The paper also
notes that "any evidence linking Iraqis to terrorism would boost President
George Bush's claim that Saddam Hussein has a history of cooperating with
al-Qaeda, a claim with which the CIA disagrees."

The government has been interviewing Arab-Americans on a "voluntary" basis
in an effort to unearth suspicious activities related to Iraq. The Council
of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national advocacy group for
American Muslims, says over 8,000 legal Muslim and Arab residents of the US
have been interviewed "voluntarily" by the FBI or INS over the past year.
Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Washington-based CAIR said:
"[It] goes against all accepted norms of due process and legal rights. To
monitor someone who has exhibited no probable cause for any link to illegal
activity is a violation of American law, or at least it used to be."

CAIR-NY, with the New York Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights
organizations, has written an open letter to the local Muslim community
with guidelines on how to protect your constitutional rights if you are
approached by the FBI. It can be found at:

(Subuhi Jiwani)

The UK Guardian reported the following Oct. 24: "A different concern for
the military, however, may come in the form of a congressional report
claiming that trained pilots and crew in two of the US army's reserve
forces--the air national guard and the air force reserve--are leaving in
droves to avoid taking the Pentagon's anthrax vaccine whose side-effects
include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and, in rare cases, hallucination,
depression or delirium." (UK Guardian, Oct. 24)


Three days of fierce fighting in Afghanistan's western province of Herat
left 60 dead before the central government brokered a cease-fire. The
fighting took place between forces loyal to the Tajik warlord Ismail Khan,
governer of Herat, and a rival warlord, the ethnic Pashtun Ammanullah Khan.
Amanullah said Ismail Khan's forces attacked his with with artillery,
mortars, machine-guns and tanks on the morning of Dec. 1 in the mountains
above Zer-e-Koh. Amanullah's forces fought back with artillery and assault
rifles, as well as a tank and a truck-mounted rocket launcher. Some 51
civilians were killed by rockets, though it was unclear who was responsible
for those deaths. US Special Forces patrolling in the area came under
attack, prompting them to call in an air strike from B-52s on the front
lines. (AP, Dec. 2; BBC, Dec. 2)

US fighter jets hit suspected enemy positions in Afghanistan after two US
bases came under rocket fire in the east of the country. In the first
attack Nov. 14, nine 107mm rockets were fired at a US military base near
Gardez, reportedly causing no casualties. A-10 fighter planes responded by
dropping several bombs and firing some 2,000 rounds of ammunition. US
Special Forces troops found a suspected enemy vehicle and destroyed a
rocket that had not been fired. Several hours later, a US base in Lwara,
110 miles southwest of Kabul, came under rocket and mortar fire, with at
least one round exploding inside the compound, the military said. Soldiers
from the 82nd Airborne division moved on the launch site, trading small
arms and mortar fire with the suspected attackers. An A-10 also fired
missiles at the launch site and dropped a 500-pound bomb, and another
aircraft dropped a 1,000-pound bomb shortly afterward, the military said.
Meanwhile, the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad came under fire Friday from
suspected Taliban/al-Qaida fighters, police chief Haji Ajab Shah said. Four
rockets hit a high school, which was empty at the time, and the airport,
but caused no casualties. (AP, Nov. 15) (David Bloom and Bill Weinberg))

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